Friday, January 15, 2016

Reading Period 14: January 16 - 22: Over Sea, Under Stone

Class meeting: No class meeting! Netzers are out of town.
Due date: January 21, 7pm

Long read:

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper, chapters 6-10

Short read:
"The Golden Fleece" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This is American author Nathaniel Hawthorne's version of the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts. If you have read the myth before, you may recognize it!


"Cargoes" by John Masefield. This is the poem Jane was thinking of when she referenced "apes and peacocks."

Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amythysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.

Excerpt from "The Holy Grail" from The Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson

"The cup, the cup itself, from which our Lord
Drank at the last sad supper with his own.
This, from the blessed land of Aromat –
After the day of darkness, when the dead
Went wandering o'er Moriah – the good saint
Arimathaean Joseph, journ
eying brought
To Glastonbury, where the winter thorn
Blossoms at Christmas, mindful of our Lord.
And there awhile it bode; and if a man
Could touch or see it, he was healed at once,
By faith, of all his ills. But then the times
Grew to such evil that the holy cup
Was caught away to Heaven, and disappeared."

Creative Assignment:

Go outside and find a place where you can look around and see different shapes and outlines in the buildings and trees that surround you. Make a map like the map in the book, where the outline of the map lines up in a perspective drawing to the surroundings you see around you. Now think of a hint you can place on the map, to allow someone else to find the exact spot he or she should stand to read the map in the correct way.


Write a poem like "Cargoes" in which you compare a vessel carrying an interesting and exotic cargo to a vessel carrying a boring, normal one. You might compare a school bus full of children excited to go to the zoo on a field trip to a prison bus full of inmates headed to jail. Or a semi truck hauling Lego kits to a semi truck hauling regular bricks.

Writing Assignment:

How would the story Over Sea, Under Stone be different if told by the parents instead of the children? What details would they include from their vacation to the sea? What would be missing? Write 100 words from the perspective of Dr. or Mrs. Drew, telling about their summer vacation in Trewissick.


Great Uncle Merry encourages the children to take off on their own and do some risky things without telling their parents. Do you think this is wise? Often in adventure stories written for children the parents are either clueless or dead. Why is this? How would the story have gone differently if Great Uncle Merry had done the responsible thing and told the children's parents immediately about everything that was going on? Write 100 words about the role of parents in children's adventure stories, and include your opinion about Jane, Simon, and Barney's behavior as they keep their parents out of the loop in this particular novel.


1. Why will good never fully defeat evil or evil fully defeat good, according to Great Uncle Merry?
2. How old is the map the children found?
3. Who do the kids run into at the headland near the stones?
4. Why was it a good thing Simon turned the way he did, onto Tregoney road, instead of running the other way?
5. What is the sign that waxes and wanes but does not die?
6. Great Uncle Merry says Penzance is full of little brass piskies. What are piskies?
7. Why does Mrs. Palk say she wants Barney to stay back?
8. Describe the man that Jane and Simon saw among the standing stones in the moonlight. What is his identity?
9. Who was creeping around Barney's room with a flashlight?
10. Who helps the children find the hole in the rocks?

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